Following is a list of characters in '''''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'''''.
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!Wardog/[[spoiler:Razgriz]] Squadron
->"[[ThisIsGonnaSuck Hrimfaxi, it appears you're up against Razgriz itself out there.]]"
->--'''A Yuktobanian commander''', on the Wardog Squadron

Tropes regarding the player's squadron as a whole:

* OneHundredAndEight: Wardog Squadron is the Osean Air Defense Force, 108th tactical Fighter Wing Detachment. [[FourIsDeath Four Wings of Sand Island]] devastating the enemy. Maybe Namco believes in Significant Numbers?
* AcePilot: Every single one of them.
* BadassCrew
* DarkIsNotEvil: Wardog Squadron repaints their aircraft in an overall black paint scheme when [[spoiler: they become the [[MeaningfulName Ghosts of Razgriz]]]].
* EnsignNewbie: None of the Wardogs (except Bartlett and [[spoiler:Swordsman]]) has technically ever completed their flight training. The game's term for such pilots is "nuggets".
* FromNobodyToNightmare: From the Yuktobanian perspective.
* FunWithAcronyms: The first letters of your wingmen's callsigns spell out "ACES".
* NoSuchAgency: To the public eye, [[spoiler:the Wardog pilots betrayed Osean Federation and were killed in an attempt to escape on December 7, 2010. The fact that they survived, rescued the kidnapped leaders of both Osea and Yuktobania, and prevented two atomic bombings, one doomsday scenario, and a ColonyDrop didn't reach the public until a decade later because the Osean Government consistently denied the existence of the "Ghosts of Razgriz"]].
* RedBaron: Collectively, they're known as the "Four Wings of Sand Island" to allies and the "Demons of Razgriz" to the Yuktobanians. [[spoiler:They later officially become the "Ghosts of Razgriz" after they're designated the President's personal black ops unit]].
* WeaponOfChoice: In official art, the F-14A.

!!Blaze
->"I tell ya, Kid could single-handedly change the tide of this war. It's almost scary."
->--'''Chopper''', on Blaze

The leader of the Wardog squadron after Bartlett goes MIA and the PlayerCharacter of the game.

* FeaturelessProtagonist: Blaze is a dude. That's pretty much all we know about him.
* TheHero
* HeroicMime
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Almost averted. Blaze is shown in a couple of photographs- in one, his face is covered by another person, and in the other there are several unknown characters with no indication which (if any) of them is him. Some later cutscenes show the entire squadron, though if Blaze's head is even in the frame the view is too far away to actually see what he looks like. And in one of the earliest cutscenes, multiple pilots are seen talking, but the view switches to a front shot of Bartlett ''just'' before it can pan over to show one specific pilot's face. During the missions, the pilot's faces are obscured by their oxygen masks and helmet visors as well, so forget trying to catch a glimpse of him there either.
** This extends to the second man in two-seater aircraft as well - the Su-34 and A-6 in particular, which have seats aligned more like a car than a plane, doesn't allow you to look very far to the sides in cockpit view, just to prevent you from getting a close look at your co-pilot.
* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Only Known by His Callsign]]: Like so many player characters in the series who aren't [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon William Bishop]], Blaze doesn't have a given name or a surname.
* PlayerCharacter

!!Kei "Edge" Nagase
->"No, Blaze is leading, I'll protect his six o'clock. And I'm not gonna lose another flight lead."
->--'''Nagase''', on her promotion to flight lead

The most experienced rookie of the Wardog Squadron, she refuses to take command after Bartlett is shot down and sticks to the role of Blaze's NumberTwo for the rest of the game.

* CanonImmigrant: Edge has incarnations that appeared all the way from ''VideoGame/AceCombat2'', where her callsign is the same, and her rough features are the same, and in ''VideoGame/AceCombat3Electrosphere'' (the Japanese version), where in a very specific news broadcast that you can only view in taking a specific path, you can see a person's photograph below Dision's, clearly spelling Kei Nagase, with a very similar face as ''the'' Kei Nagase that we know. ''[[AceCombat04 Shattered Skies]]'' has a brave airline first officer who tries to control a plane after terrorists shoot the pilot: Nagase. This shouldn't be that surprising though, check the article below.
* DeclarationOfProtection: After Bartlett is shot down she becomes borderline obsessed with protecting Blaze and reminds everyone about it at least once per mission.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Kei Nagase is a TechnicalPacifist to the point many fans questioned her being a fighter pilot. When she's shot down though she ends up holding the enemy soldiers sent after her at gunpoint, [[WildMassGuessing quite likely literally]] possessed by a demon and kills squadrons of EliteMooks, beats the hell out of TheMole and can even shoot him down in the second to last mission, before giving Blaze the credit.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: With Blaze, even the Razgriz myth and whether the pilots are actually demons is less ambiguous than Nagase's feelings towards you.
* InUniverseCatharsis: Finally being shot down for real in "Ice Cage" (after Bartlett narrowly saved her from that fate in "Open War" almost two months earlier) really helps Nagase get over the guilt she feels for her CO TakingTheBullet for her.
* IOweYouMyLife: Towards the missing Bartlett.
* TheLancer: In "White Noise", it appears like she has become TheChick who has to be rescued... but then you discover that she managed to fend exceptionally well for herself without any help. [[SchrodingersGun If you complete the mission in time, that is]].
* NumberTwo: To Blaze.
* SilkHidingSteel: Gentle and soft-spoken, often compared to a princess by her comrades, and the most idealistic character in the game. She's also the only trainee to survive the massacre at the beginning of the game. [[spoiler:When she gets shot down, the narrating reporter Genette thinks that she did so deliberately to avoid having to kill any more enemies; after she's rescued, they find out that she captured the enemy soldiers sent to capture ''her'', and he says he has to rethink his image of her.]]
** Judging from Bartlet's comments at the beginning of the game, she also has a very reckless flying style
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Nagase is the only named female character until very late in the game.
* UndyingLoyalty: Nagase is extremely devoted to Blaze.
* WideEyedIdealist: To some extent, the pacifistic Edge also fits this as shown by [[spoiler:her dismay at the conversion of the Arkbird into a superweapon]].
* [[{{Wingman}} Wingwoman]]: To Blaze.

!!Alvin H. "Chopper" Davenport
->"If he's a captain, then I want him to start trash-talkin' like a captain!"
->--'''Chopper''', on Grimm's suggestion to show Blaze some respect

The loud-mouthed "nugget" who flew with Captain Bartlett before his disappearance. Afterwards, he continues flying as Wardog 3.

* CharacterDevelopment: Chopper starts out just as anti-war as Edge, noting in the second mission that he's glad that your targets are unmanned aircraft. By "Journey Home", however, he seems to have let being nicknamed the "Demons of Razgriz" by the enemy get to him, as [[spoiler:just before he gets hit with a missile]] he actually complains that he's lost count of how many kills he has.
* TheBigGuy
** [[spoiler:BigGuyFatalitySyndrome]]
* InsistentTerminology: The only member of Wardog Squadron who still calls Blaze "Kid" after his promotion to flight lead, for the reason given above. Conversely, Thunderhead is the only one who calls him by his name and rank rather than his nickname.
* MilitaryMaverick: Of all Wardogs, he has the biggest attitude.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To AWACS Thunderhead, who generally takes his antics with ill humor.
* StepfordSmiler: In an early mission, he's clearly traumatized by the aftermath of the attack on Port St. Hewlett, including the sight of burning bodies in the water -- some of which are still (briefly) alive. It's possible that he makes light of everything around him as a defense mechanism to keep from breaking down (in other words, "I laugh because if I couldn't, I'd cry"). [[spoiler:This, combined with the stresses of combat and the additional pressure from having to defend himself against false charges of treason, might possibly have led him to ''deliberately'' fail to eject in his last mission]].
* {{Wingman}}

!!Hans "Archer" Grimm
->"I bet my mom will be glad to see my brother come back home from Yuktobania."
->--'''Grimm''', on the end of the war

Blaze's third wingman, who joins the team during an emergency scramble and continues flying as Wardog 4 henceforth.

* ABirthdayNotABreak: Grimm reveals that his birthday is coming up next week during a [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene quiet break]] between the two final battles.
* NewMeat: Archer is fresh out of basic at the beginning of the campaign. Surprisingly, he goes on to be ''incredibly badass''. Double rare: he keeps his NewMeat status, but [[GameplayAndStorySegregation is the best wing on your team in game]].
* RedHeadedHero: Has red hair and, in terms of idealism, is second only to Nagase.
* ShoutOut: Has a brother in the ground forces, making them Creator/TheBrothersGrimm.
* TheSmartGuy
* {{Wingman}}: While obeying your orders, Grimm is technically Chopper's wingman ([[spoiler:and Snow's much later]]).

!!Jack "Heartbreak One" Bartlett
->"I hate not being able to move in three dimensions. Cramps my style."
->--'''Bartlett''', on driving

A VeteranInstructor on Sand Island and the original leader of the Wardog Squadron. Goes MIA early in the game and is not heard from again until the final missions.

* GratuitousEnglish: His custom callsign is actually supposed to be "The Heartbroken One", referencing [[spoiler:his relationship with the Yuktobanian Major Nastasya Obertas after the Belkan War and their subsequent breakup]].
* TheLastDJ: He's been stuck at the rank of Captain since the end of the Belkan War fifteen years ago, and notes himself that he'll probably never get that promotion.
* TheMentor
* VeteranInstructor

!!Peter "Pops" Beagle, a.k.a. [[spoiler:Wolfgang "Huckebein" Buchner]]
Wardog Squadron's aging mechanic [[spoiler:who is later revealed to be a former Belkan fighter ace who defected when ordered to nuke a city in his own country during the previous war]].

* BaldOfAwesome
* CoolOldGuy
* [[spoiler:DefectorFromDecadence]]: As explained in his backstory.
* TheMentor
* NonActionGuy: He never fires a shot in this game... which doesn't mean he isn't a 100% certified badass.
* OldSoldier: He's a former pilot himself, but he's content to stay on the ground and tend to the planes and let the next generation take over in the skies.

!!AWACS Thunderhead
->"This is Thunderhead. Cut the chatter."
->--'''Thunderhead''', on pretty much anything Chopper ever said

The Wardog's AWACS and Chopper's personal (friendly) nemesis.

* BotheringByTheBook: Has a major problem with Chopper's carefree attitude.
* MissionControl
* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: There are a couple of "uneventful" missions where it turns out Thunderhead led you straight into a trap, most notably [[spoiler:"8492," where you're ambushed on your return flight after a relatively easy ground attack mission. It's not Thunderhead's fault, though; the whole thing turns out to be a setup by the 8492nd Squadron, to discredit and ultimately destroy you]].
* LastNameBasis: Thunderhead only ever refers to Chopper as his rank and his last name. [[spoiler:He finally calls him "Chopper" seconds before Chopper's death.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: He only ever calls Chopper by his callsign once, as noted above.

!!Marcus "Swordsman" Snow
->"Quit screwing around! This is war. The enemy is all over and they're gonna eat you alive!"
->--'''Snow''', to Nagase

Leader of the Shorebirds Squadron based on the ''Kestrel'' at the beginning of the game, he joins Blaze's team much later in the game.

* OldSoldier: Swordsman's bitter attitude clashes a lot with the nuggets' naive idealism.
* SixthRanger
* ScaryBlackMan
* TokenAdult: Kinda. All Wardogs are adults, but Swordsman is Blaze's only wingman who isn't, in essence, a field-promoted trainee.
* {{Wingman}}: In the end of the game, he thanks Blaze for letting him fly as a wingman again, because after a very long time as a flight lead, he forgot how his own wingmen felt about him.

!Osean Federation

!!Albert Genette
A freelance reporter who came to Sand Island to write a story on Jack Bartlett but gets to witness the legend of the Wardog Squadron.

* IntrepidReporter
* TheNarrator: Although other characters get to narrate some parts, Genette is the main one.
* TagalongReporter: Justified by the fact that his article on the Wardogs is pretty much the only thing he is known for. Plus, [[spoiler:his close association with them would have probably made him a traitor in the command's eyes, too]].

!!Kirk
Chopper's dog.

* TeamPet
* RuleOfSymbolism: He is the Wardog Squadron's war dog.

!!Orson Perrault
Commander of the Sand Island Air Base.

* FatBastard: As heavyset as he is, he probably should have failed a physical exam. He never has a kind word to say to anyone and believes whatever nasty things are said about Wardog Squadron.
* TheNeidermeyer
* PetTheDog: He does have a soft spot for Nagase, it seems, as he dispenses with long speeches after [[spoiler:she is shot down and just tells you to bring her back]].

!!Allen C. Hamilton
Vice-commander of Sand Island. [[spoiler:Turns out to be a traitor late in the game, and a flying ace in his own right.]]

* [[spoiler:TheMole]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Appears as one, in stark contrast to his boss.
* [[spoiler:UnstoppableRage: Even if you shoot him down outside of the tunnel complex, he'll still chase you into the tunnel, ranting and raving all the way through.]]

!!Ashley "Grabacr" Bernitz
Leader of the 8492nd Squadron. [[spoiler:Actually, agent of the Grey Men.]]

* GenderBlenderName: He's one of those increasingly-rare male Ashleys.
* [[spoiler:GracefulLoser]]
--> ''"I... I never thought you would be this good..."''
* NoSuchAgency: ''The 8492nd doesn't exist.'' Officially, that is.
* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown: Grabacr's comes off as rather subdued compared to Ofnir's, though.]]
--> ''"[[spoiler:You're the ones who built the SOLG to use against us! And now, you're sitting under your own dagger! Taste the irony!"]]''

!!Nicholas A. Andersen
Captain of the ''OFS Kestrel'', the largest Osean aircraft carrier.

* TheCaptain
* FailureKnight: Views himself as such until the penultimate mission.
* FatherNeptune: Complete with a rather impressive SeadogBeard.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Vincent Harling
President of the Osean Federation.

* EscortMission: He's the focus of one early in the game. [[spoiler:He's also the Macguffin for another later on]].
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Walks the line between President Personable and [[spoiler:President Target]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Too bad he is kidnapped early in the game.]]

!!Sea Goblin
An Osean special operations team that works in conjunction with Wardog Squadron at various points in the game.

* BigDamnHeroes: Fulfill this role no less than four times in the plot, including [[spoiler:twice for the Wardogs themselves]]. They're at the receiving end of one in turn in the last mission they appear in, where you have to create a BulletholeDoor for their dramatic escape.
* ChivalrousPervert: One of the members basically asks the Wardogs "Is she hot?" during Kei's rescue mission, to which one of your wingmen replies indignantly "Why don't you rescue her and see for yourself?" In a later mission, one who's probably the same guy tries to flirt with her over the comm.
* EscortMission: They rely on the aces to wipe out enemy fighters and AA in their way to secure the landing zone for their ground-based heroics.
* HeroOfAnotherStory

!Union of Yuktobanian Republics

!!Seryozha Viktorovich Nikanor
Prime Minister of Yuktobania.

* EmbarrassingFirstName: This was [[GratuitousRussian probably unintentional]], but "Seryozha" is a diminutive form of the Russian name "Sergey". The former is to the latter approximately as "Bobby" is to "Robert" in English.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Too bad he is kidnapped early in the game. And once he's rescued, the first group of his own military he tries to talk to immediately labels him a traitor and tries to kill him.]]

!!Alyosha
A cell leader of the Yuktobanian anti-war resistance.

* OnlyOneName: "Alyosha" is a diminutive form of "Alexey".
* RebelLeader
* LaResistance

!!Nastasya Vasilievna Obertas
Yuktobanian Recon Major and Bartlett's ex-"lady friend".

* CoolShades
* CasualDangerDialog: During her escape from Yuktobania during an air raid, she seems to actually enjoy the danger.
* OldFlame: For Bartlett.

!!Michael "Ofnir" Heimeroth
Leader of the Ofnir Squadron, [[spoiler:8492nd's Yuktobanian counterpart. Like Grabacr, Heimeroth is an agent of the Grey Men]].

* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant]] AcePilot: His AWACS warns him to avoid flying into a narrow canyon with the Razgriz Squadron still lurking there. His reaction: "No obstacles to our flight observed."
** He is likewise dismissive of the Razgriz, boasting that he'll turn their battleground into "a demon's graveyard."
* NoSuchAgency: Like the 8492nd in Osea, the Ofnir Squadron doesn't officially exist in the Yuktobanian military.
* VillainousBreakdown: Michael and the rest of Ofnir Squadron suffer a huge one in the final mission.
--> '''''"RISE, MY FALLEN BROTHERS, RISE UP WITH THE POWER OF YOUR HATRED!"'''''


!!AWACS Oka Nieba
A Yuktobanian AWACS who appears late in the game.

* ContinuityNod: "Oka Nieba" is Russian for "[[VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies Sky Eye]]".
* MissionControl

!Others

!!The Grey Men
A sinister conspiracy of [[spoiler:rich Belkan nationalists who orchestrated the entire war to get revenge on the countries that defeated Belka 15 years ago]].

* [[spoiler:FormerRegimePersonnel]]
* NebulousCriminalConspiracy

!!Grunder Industries
Formerly the South Belkan Munitions Factory. Manufactures weapons and warplanes for the Osean Self Defense Forces. [[spoiler:Has also been supplying arms to the Yuktobanians as well, and is controlled by the Grey Men]].

* ArmsDealer: [[spoiler:Of the decidedly amoral variety]].

!!Razgriz
->"When history witnesses a great change, Razgriz reveals itself, first as a dark demon. As a demon, it uses its power to rain death upon the land, and then it dies. However, after a period of slumber, Razgriz returns... [[spoiler:this time as a great hero.]]"
->--'''Genette''', quoting the legend of Razgriz
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%%->"I've never seen a stupid fairy tale come true like this!"
%%->--'''''Hrimfaxi'' crewmember''', during Wardog Squadron's attack on the vessel

The mythological demon mentioned in ''[[ShowWithinAShow A Blue Dove for the Princess]]''. Speculation abounds whether or not he is actually present in some form in the game.

* [[spoiler:DarkIsNotEvil]]
* EvilRedhead / [[spoiler:RedHeadedHero]]: At least, according to the Razgriz Squadron's emblem.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Common Wild Mass Guesses by the fandom include that members of Wardog Squadron actually are possessed by Razgriz at various points (particularly after [[spoiler:Chopper's death]], when they go absolutely ''berserk'' on the Yuke planes still left in the sky), or that Blaze ''is'' Razgriz.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent
* RedHerring: Early in the game, the characters discuss the prophecy in reference to the Yuktobanian superweapon ''Scinfaxi'', especially after it's sunk... and its sister ship ''Hrimfaxi'' appears, apparently fulfilling the second half of the prophecy. Then Wardog Squadron sinks it, too, whereupon the Yuktobanians start referring to ''them'' as "the Demons of Razgriz."
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath / DeathEqualsRedemption]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: The story of Razgriz parallels that of Wardog Squadron during the war, which is made explicit once [[spoiler:they adopt the name "the Ghosts of Razgriz" for themselves officially]].
* SelfFulfillingProphecy
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